Milan’s return to the elite competition hasn’t gone smoothly this time around. No wins in the first four games in Group B meant that nothing less than a victory at the Wanda Metropolitano would do for the Rossoneri. There was a change in formation for Stefano Pioli from the normal 3-5-2 in Serie A. He walked on the side of caution and went 4-2-3-1, flat back four , two defensive midfielders Kessie and Tonali to provide cover for their leaky defense that conceded in seven goals in four matches. Notable selection was Giroud in for Zlatan. Diego Simeone lined up Atleti in an adventurous looking formation with just three at the back and no less than 4 attacking midfielders. Didn’t take the home side to show their attacking intent in this their must win match too. Milan had Tatarusanu to thank for the stopping De Paul’s second minute shot.

Atletico will look back on this match and really have no complaints on the result. They created very little clear cut chances and one of their vulnerabilities is to the high press. Watch the clip with 46 minutes on the clock. Their lack of a creative central midfielder exposed brutally in this match. Milan were moving the ball well as usual on transition. When Zlatan came on in the second half they increased their goal attempts significantly. With three minutes to go the inevitable happened. Milan scored WITH THREE MINUTES to go from a header from journeyman Brazilian striker Junior Messias from a sublime cross from Kessie. Atleti need now to beat Porto on the final matchday and hope for a Milan loss at home to runaway table toppers Liverpool. A draw will also do.

Group B

TEAMPlayedWonDrawnLostForAgainstGoal differencePoints
Liverpool55001551015
Porto512238-55
Milan511357-24
Atlético511347-34